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Presidents Message:
Tonight’s guest speaker was Sal Perna AM whose topic was “From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards”. Sal’s presentation was outstanding and enjoyed by all.
We were also joined by Micki Hovey, Barbara Purdy and Robyn Ballan.
On behalf of the Board I announced that we have again provided 2 x $1,000  scholarships to assist two apprentice student’s enrolled at the Hoppers Crossing campus of the Gordon Tafe. We are also providing $1,000 to Uniting Care Wyndham for the purchase of toys for needy families in Wyndham.
John Nicol Community Service Award
Congratulations to Ian Hovey who is this year’s winner of the John Nicol Community Service Award.
The award recognises a Committee for Wyndham member or individual within a member organisation, who has substantially contributed to the improvement of the quality of life of people in their community, beyond that expected in their usual occupation.
Ian has served Werribee Rotary Club for 34 years.  He has been the club’s President, Vice President and Secretary and served as District Governors Rep.  He was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2005 in recognition of exceptional service & has since been awarded 3 Sapphire Paul Harris Awards for his ongoing contributions to Rotary including as Club Bulletin Editor.
A Board Member of the Werribee Football Club since 2013, Ian has been Vice President for 7 years.  Ian was on the Board of Manor Court Aged Care Facility and has been actively engaged as a volunteer in the oversight and quality of care provided by the facility & setting of the strategic direction of the facility.
Bingo continued on Monday night with 92 players in attendance raising a profit of $1,366 Thank you Kim Deneys and Ian Hovey for their help on the night.
Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) has been announced as the Community Program of the Year by Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities 2021 Awards.
Christmas Function
Our Christmas function will be held on Tuesday the 14th December at Chirnsides by the River (Werribee Football Ground) - 6.30 for 7.00 start. The cost will be $65 a head for a 3 course meal and entertainment. Father Christmas will also be in attendance. If you have not indicated that you are coming please advise me ASAP.
Our first meeting in 2022 will be on the 11th January, this will be a social evening at Robyn and Tino Ballans house.
I will close with a thought for the week: Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions..



THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - 07.11.2021
This weeks excellent guest speaker, was Mr Sal Perna AM.
Sal has a CV as long as your arm, and has had a wonderfully diverse career.
His major career moves were:
  • More than 20 years with the Victoria Police force, reaching the role of Detective Inspector. He has been involved a large number of very high profile investigations.
  • Head of security & risk at Australia Post. This includes importation of illegal products thru the mail system.
  • Head of corporate security & risk management at Telstra. This includes protection of the brand, infrastructure and staff.
  • In 2007 he established his own business, Calibre International, which provides corporate consultancy in areas such as leadership training, coaching, mentoring, business planning,, conduct of investigations etc.
  • In March 2010, was appointed Victorias inaugral Racing Integrity Commissioner. Reporting to the Victorian Parliament, he oversaw the integrity of the states racing, trotting and greyhound industries.
Sal was awarded an AM in 2019. He was also a Rotary Exchange Student to West Germany in 1987.
NEXT WEEK - Tuesday 14th December
Next Tuesday night is our Christmas Function at Chirnsides by the River, at Werribee Football Ground.
6.30 for a 7.00pm start.
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Despite her favouritism, Anne of Green Grasses couldn't make hay while the sun shone and she was mowed down by her rivals at Pakenham on Saturday. It just wasn't her day.

The points were spread around but it was two of the slower nags, Nothin' Like a Dane and Tosser Ross, who both collected 6 points and shared the $15 first prize.

At Rosehill Gardens it was a completely different  story. As expected, Handy Andi wiped the floor with her competitors. She picked up a massive 14 points and bagged $15 all on her own. Coming from the rear of the field, she found a gap along the rails and flashed past a group of geldings who were caught by surprise.

Mr Sandlant has increased his lead after a solid effort. The crowd is cheering him on as he limps towards victory. Over the noise, you can just hear his trainer yelling out from the stand. He seems to be shouting "Hey Mr Sandlant, bring me a dream". 

Mad Dog Muir is still second but is now 3 lengths back and gasping for every breath. In equal 3rd, a further 7 lengths behind, are a fading Lady Wade and Rob the Boxer who seems to be galloping up and down on the one spot. Their positions on the podium are under threat from Demon Ann and Snapper Steve who may snatch a minor placing but they will need some luck in the last 3 meetings.


The City of Wyndham are naming a number bridges within the municipality, after citizens who have contributed to the community. Our great mate, the late Nino Arrigo has been nominated, as one of three people for the Derrimut Road Bridge near Tarneit Station. The winners are being determined by a public vote.
Show your support for Nino, by clicking on the link below, and registering a vote. Voting is still open.


Guest Speakers

Everyone knows someone with an interesting story to tell. Please pass their details on to Brian Ahmed so we can follow them up to speak to us in person or on Zoom at a later date.

Ian Knight

Ian is home from hospital and is on the improve. Get well soon Ian. 


Golf Day

Planning has commenced for next years Golf Day.

  • To be held on Friday 11th March
  • Morning event again.
  • Proceeds will go to Very Special Kids.
  • Brochure and entry forms were despatched to potential players and sponsers last week.

Busy Feet

Organisation of the Busy Feet project is progressing. well under way. Lyn advised that the Mount St Joseph Girls College will be assisting with running the project. Good work Lyn.



Interact are meeting again, and working on making toiletry packs. Micki Hovey is assisting them.


Yesterday 06/11 saw 92 players and a profit of $1,350. Thanks to Ian Hovey & Kim Deneys who were on duty. Bingo will continue right through Christmas, except 27/12.

Roster for bingo (be there by 6:30):

  • 13.12.2021 - Wendy Roper & Tino Ballan
  • 20.12.2021 - Anthony Pante & Peter Ross
  • 03.01.2022 - Jim Randall & Tom Lentini
  • 10.01.2022 - Ross Conley & Enzo Maddalon
  • 17.01.2022 - Ross Smith & Andi Barnfield

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will not commence until term 1 in 2022.


International Convention

The Rotary International World Convention, will be held in Melbourne in May 2023. It is being organised by a committee formed from the Aust Rotary Districts.


Click this link to view the flyer.


The committee is also asking for interested Rotarians to register for the opportunity to home host several overseas guests for dinner during the convention. There is also an option for Rotary clubs to host a larger group of guests.

Click here to view the home hosting flyer.


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Member Birthdays
Michael Redding
January 23
Ian Hovey
December 2
Andi Barnfield
December 20
Ned Amezdroz
December 29
Spouse Birthdays
Robyn Ballan
January 20
Anne Randall
January 26
Micki Hovey
December 30
Marty Vaina
Kara Vaina
January 2
Join Date
Michael Redding
January 12, 2016
6 years
Steve Evans
December 1, 1994
27 years
Tony Todaro
December 1, 1979
42 years
Geoff Smith
December 31, 1999
22 years
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